School of Medicine

John A. Moran Eye Center Fellowships

Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship

Moran’s neuro-ophthalmology team

The Neuro-Ophthalmology Division, from left: Alison Crum, MD; Bradley J. Katz, MD, PhD; Judith E.A. Warner, MD; Kathleen B. Digre, MD; Donnell J. Creel, PhD; and Meagan Seay, DO.

Contact Us

Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship Director: Bradley J. Katz, MD, PhD, bradley.katz@hsc.utah.edu

Overview

We offer a one-year fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the John A. Moran Eye Center, ranked among the nation’s best hospitals for ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report.

As part of University of Utah Health, we have outstanding opportunities for both ophthalmology and neurology-trained residents in neuro-ophthalmology. Our goal is for a fellow to practice neuro-ophthalmology ethically, thoughtfully, comprehensively, independently, and confidently through clinical work, research, and teaching. 

University of Utah Health is known for its high-quality care and research-driven treatment using the safest and most advanced techniques.

What Makes Our Fellowship Unique?

Our fellows have outstanding opportunities to see a wide variety of clinical neuro-ophthalmic abnormalities because we are the only tertiary care center in the Mountain West and the only neuro-ophthalmology academic group between Denver and San Francisco. Our patients come from the entire region, with many diverse neuro-ophthalmic conditions. This broad clinical experience will equip our fellow to practice in various settings, including academic and private practice.

Our fellows also have an opportunity to conduct research and present at the national North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANO). In addition, ample teaching opportunities exist within the departments of ophthalmology and neurology.

Former Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellow Ore-Ofe Adesina, MD, at right, shared his perspective on his fellowship at Moran:

"The Moran fellowship is special because of the opportunity to train with a group of world-class mentors who both inspire and support you to become the best neuro-ophthalmologist you can possibly be. They set a high bar of excellence and an example that is desirable of emulation. This ophthalmology department is world-class, and the Moran Eye Center is second to none."

Former Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellow Anastasia Neufeld, MD, at right, said she couldn't speak highly enough of her experience.

"The Moran Eye Center fellowship was rich in experience and teaching from both neurology and ophthalmology trained neuro-ophthalmologists, and it provided unique opportunities to interact with colleagues across ophthalmology subspecialties. The fellowship was flexible enough to allow me to continue to pursue my other passion in ophthalmology—surgery—during my fellowship."

Surgical Training

We have opportunities for ophthalmology-trained fellows to combine their clinical fellowship with additional training in cataract surgery. We can also arrange opportunities for experiences in orbital and strabismus surgery.

More About Our Curriculum

Requirements

Due to licensing constraints, we can only consider applicants who have completed or will complete their training in an accredited U.S. or Canadian neurology or ophthalmology program.

Department and Faculty

Our faculty are excellent teachers and guides; each one gives personal attention to each fellow.

  • Donnell J. Creel, PhD, professor, directs electro­physiology at the Moran Eye Center and is a leader in the field who is actively involved in research to improve electrophysiological testing.
  • Alison Crum, MD, associate professor, practices both neuro-ophthalmology and oculoplastic medicine and provides medical and surgical treatments for visual disorders. 
  • Kathleen B. Digre, MD, professor, specializes in idiopathic intracranial hypertension, eye pain, migrainous visual phenomenon, and photophobia.
  • Roger P. Harrie, MD, practices comprehensive ophthalmology and directs Moran’s Ophthalmic Ultrasound Department.
  • Bradley J. Katz, MD, PhD, professor, has research interests in the genetics of neuro-ophthalmic conditions: anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, giant cell arteritis, and blepharospasm.
  • Meagan Seay, DO, assistant professor, specializes in neuro-ophthalmology and treats patients with diseases affecting the optic nerve and eye movements as well as neurologic diseases that affect vision.
  • Judith E. A. Warner, MD, professor, specializes in the clinical care of difficult neuro-ophthalmic cases.

Selected Faculty Publications

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Additional Resources

Housed at the University of Utah, NOVEL (Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library) is a discipline-specific, open access repository of digital materials (images, video, lectures, articles and animations), to be used for educational and research purposes by health care professionals, educators, patients, and students. NOVEL is a collaborative project between the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences LibraryUniversity of Utah, and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.

The University of Utah is also home to CORE, the Moran Clinical Ophthalmology Resources for Education. A collaboration between the Moran Eye Center, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, the CORE website is a dynamic, open-access educational resource for ophthalmology residents, fellows, medical students, practitioners and healthcare workers, worldwide.

Recent Neuro-Ophthalmology Division Journal Publications

Optic Disc Drusen Studies Consortium. Young Adults With Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy: A Multicenter Optic Disc Drusen Study
Hamann S, Malmqvist L, Wegener M, Fard MA, Biousse V, Bursztyn L, Citirak G, Costello F, Crum AV, Digre K, Fraser JA, Huna-Baron R, Katz B, Lawlor M, Newman NJ, Peragallo JH, Petzold A, Sibony PA, Subramanian PS, Warner JEA, Wong SH, Fraser CL.
American Journal of Ophthalmology. 2020 Sep;217:174-181. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2020.03.052. Epub 2020 Apr 13. PMID: 32298654.

Multirater Validation of Peripapillary Hyperreflective Ovoid Mass-like Structures (PHOMS)
Petzold A, Biousse V, Bursztyn L, Costello F, Crum A, Digre K, Fraser C, Fraser JA, Katz B, Jurkute N, Newman N, Lautrup-Battistini J, Lawlor M, Liskova P, Lorenz B, Malmqvist L, Peragallo J, Sibony P, Subramanian P, Rejdak R, Nowomiejska K, Touitou V, Warner J, Wegener M, Wong S, Yu-Wai-Man P, Hamann S.
Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. 2020 Jul 16;44(6):413-414. doi: 10.1080/01658107.2020.1760891. PMID: 33408429; PMCID: PMC7746256.

Diffusion-Weighted Imaging and Post-contrast Enhancement in Differentiating Optic Neuritis and Non-arteritic Anterior Optic Neuropathy
Adesina OO, Scott McNally J, Salzman KL, Katz BJ, Warner JEA, McFadden M, Digre KB.
Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. 2017 Aug 18;42(2):90-98. doi: 10.1080/01658107.2017.1356856. PMID: 29563953; PMCID: PMC5858860.

Early Age of Onset Predicts Severity of Visual Impairment in Patients with Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder
Macaron G, Khoury J, Bena J, Seay M, Bermel RA, Cohen JA, Rensel MR.
Multiple Sclerosis Journal. 2021 Jan 6:1352458520981736. doi: 10.1177/1352458520981736. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33403943.

Neuro-Ophthalmic Complications in Patients Treated with CTLA-4 and PD-1/PD-L1 Checkpoint Blockade
Sun MM, Seleme N, Chen JJ, Zekeridou A, Sechi E, Walsh RD, Beebe JD, Sabbagh O, Mejico LJ, Gratton S, Skidd PM, Bellows DA, Falardeau J, Fraser CL, Cappelen-Smith C, Haines SR, Hassanzadeh B, Seay MD, Subramanian PS, Williams Z, Gordon LK.
Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. 2020 Oct 28. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000001148. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33136674.

Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Photophobia
Katz BJ, Digre KB.
Survey of Ophthalmology. 2016 Jul-Aug;61(4):466-77. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2016.02.001. Epub 2016 Feb 12. PMID: 26875996.

Validation of a Photophobia Symptom Impact Scale
Cortez MM, Digre K, Uddin D, Hung M, Blitzer A, Bounsanga J, Voss MW, Katz BJ.
Cephalalgia. 2019 Oct;39(11):1445-1454. doi: 10.1177/0333102419845641. Epub 2019 May 22. PMID: 31116567; PMCID: PMC6999072.

A Comparison Between the Clinical Features of Pseudotumor Cerebri Secondary to Tetracyclines and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Orme DR, Vegunta S, Miller MA, Warner JEA, Bair C, McFadden M, Crum AV, Digre KB, Katz BJ.
American Journal of Ophthalmology. 2020 Dec;220:177-182. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2020.07.037. Epub 2020 Jul 30. PMID: 32738227.

Reduced Visual Quality of Life Associated with Migraine is Most Closely Correlated with Symptoms of Dry Eye
Ozudogru S, Neufeld A, Katz BJ, Baggaley S, Pippitt K, Zhang Y, Digre KB.
Headache. 2019 Nov;59(10):1714-1721. doi: 10.1111/head.13662. Epub 2019 Sep 26. PMID: 31557326.

Utility of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Features for Improving the Diagnosis of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Without Papilledema
Mallery RM, Rehmani OF, Woo JH, Chen YJ, Reddi S, Salzman KL, Pinho MC, Ledbetter L, Tamhankar MA, Shindler KS, Digre KB, Friedman DI, Liu GT.
Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. 2019 Sep;39(3):299-307. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000767. PMID: 30829949.

Prosthetic Facial Reconstruction in a Blast Injury Case
Tyrell R, Willcockson J, Rich B, Tanner P, Crum A, Gociman B.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery‑—Global Open. 2020 Nov 25;8(11):e3255. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000003255. PMID: 33299717; PMCID: PMC7722610.